…As he reflects on past experiences
By Jeoffrey Mukubi
GAZZA is notably one of Namibia’s most celebrated musicians with several accolades to his name and yet he still remains humble, which traits continue to propel him to level beyond many an artist.
Gazza’s overall influence has gone beyond just being a musician but a businessman leaving some people inspired while many are envious.
The local music icon’s benevolent status has seen him visit and assist numerous schools in marginalized communities as the goodwill ambassador of education for 12 years now.
In a recent interview with Confidente, he revealed that he was essentially using his celebrity status to make a difference in the lives of many children that do not have access to quality education, good school infrastructure and overall basic human needs.
He said one such visit that struck him, was at a primary school in Donkerbos, a settlement in the remote East of Namibia in the Omaheke Region, that is situated 260km from the regional capital, Gobabis.
Gazza remembers that although the school was outside the coverage of all mobile communication networks, due to the lack of electricity, the children always had smiles on their faces.
He applauded efforts made by the teachers to stay and teach, even if the settlement does not have much to offer.
“They do not know that they deserve way more than what they have as school going children.
“I remember telling a story around the fire when I heard a lion roar, I was scared and the children laughed, because to them it is just a normal thing, but their hostel at that time did not even have doors or windows,” he said. Gazza’s love for advocacy and stimulating their minds with his presence makes an evident difference in some of their lives, he noted. He also told Confidente that his early schooling days through to high school and college were not a walk in the park.
“There was a time I used to eat from dustbins, as well as going with a couple of my friend to steal the left-overs of the students from the Oshakati High School hostel, so I know what it is like to have absolutely nothing,” he said.
His generosity has seen many children in these rural schools reaping from his efforts to provide better schooling
conditions and overall welfare for them.
The award winning artist’s back to school campaign, in collaboration with the office of the President is scheduled to begin on 28 May 2018 until 8 June 2018.
Gazza appealed to corporates and individuals to sponsor this initiative with whatever they could, which could be in the form of blankets, clothing, building materials and stationary.
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